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Nurs Health Sci. 2016 Jun;18(2):256-61. doi: 10.1111/nhs.12241. Epub 2015 Sep 10.

Can a sustainability and health scenario provide a realistic challenge to student nurses and provoke changes in practice? An evaluation of a training intervention.

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Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, Devon, UK.

Abstract

Climate change and limited natural resources will impact on the sustainable supply and disposal of materials used in health care. Healthcare students need opportunities to reflect on the ecological footprint of health services to mitigate against negative effects on service delivery. In order to raise awareness of these issues, there is a need for evidence-based teaching tools which are relevant and meaningful to nursing practice. An evidence-based sustainability skills teaching session was delivered to 293 nursing students from child and adult health disciplines. Following the sessions, evaluation sheets were distributed to the participants, of which 290 responded. The majority of nurses valued both the delivery and the content of the training and some were motivated to complete further study. The evaluation provided valuable information on how to deliver sustainability education and important insights into where more information and support was needed in order to change practice. Embedding sustainability teaching in skill sessions appears to be a realistic way of informing and motivating learners to consider current and best practice. Following training, further evaluation of practice-based behaviour is needed.

KEYWORDS:

environment; evaluation; nursing; resources management; scenarios; sustainability

PMID:
26354719
DOI:
10.1111/nhs.12241
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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